Fresno Open



$125,000 FRESNO OPEN
Cedar Lanes, Fresno, Calif., May 23-28, 1988

Pete Proud In Fresno

Nice guys can finish first, although it took 15 years to relieve the "can't win" monkey off likable Pete McCordic's shoulders. Houston's McCordic finally collected his first PBA crown in the $125,000 Fresno Open, by stopping Rey Perez, Cincinnati, 258-230. Perez also was seeking his first PBA championship, but it was McCordic earning the $18,000 first prize as well as a berth in the 1989 Firestone Tournament of Champions.

Fifth-seeded Perez had built his momentum from the first match after qualifying through a fortuitous twist in the position round. Dave Husted, facing Randy Pedersen in the 42nd game, struck on his last shot to tie Pedersen and give the nod to Perez, who had led the tournament after the first four rounds.

McCordic opened the championship game with a strike, then thought, "Here we go again" after leaving the 4-6-7 split in his second frame, perhaps en route to his seventh PBA runnerup finish. Following his open, McCordic then spared and strung a nine-bagger, including three pressure strikes in the 10th frame to seal the victory.

Perez began with a tie against Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y., and nursed a slim lead throughout to continue, 223-208. Next up was Sweden's Mats Karlsson, victor in the 1987 Greater Los Angeles Open when McCordic recorded a perfect game in the finals. Karlsson had claimed his two previous titles in California, but was thwarted a third as Perez out-struck him to advance, 219-192.

Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif., entered the fray in the semifinal match and led after nine frames, but a closing four-bagger by Perez pushed him past, 239-237. Williams was frustrated in making his fourth 1988 championship round appearance without a title.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Pos.Name, City/StateTotalAmount
1Pete McCordic, Houston258 (1 game)$18,000
2Rey Perez, Cincinnati, Ohio911 (4 games)9,500
3Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif.237 (1 game)7,000
4Mats Karlsson, Sweden192 (1 game)5,500
5Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y.208 (1 game)4,500

PLAYOFF RESULTS - Perez defeated Berardi, 223-208; Perez defeated Karlsson, 219-192; Perez defeated Williams, 239-237; and in the championship game, McCordic defeated Perez, 258-230.

42-GAME TOTALS

 Name, CityPinsAvg  WLT+TotAmt
1Pete McCordic, Houston 9463 225.3 13-11-0 390 9853 
2Walter Ray Williams Jr., Stockton, Calif. 9358 222.8 14-10-0 420 9778 
3Mats Karlsson, Gothenburg, Sweden 9289 221.2 14-10-0 420 9709 
4Joe Berardi, Brooklyn, N.Y. 9298 221.4 12-12-0 360 9658 
5Rey Perez, Cincinnati, Ohio 9288 221.1 12-12-0 360 9648 
6Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore. 9176 218.5 15-8-1 465 9641 $4,000
7Randy Pedersen, Santa Maria, Calif. 9187 218.7 14-8-2 450 9637 3,600
8Hugh Miller, Everett, Wash. 9189 214.9 10-13-1 315 9609 3,300
9Tom Crites, Tampa, Fla. 9284 221.0 9-15-0 270 9554 3,000
10Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo. 9085 216.3 14-9-1 435 9520 2,800
11Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis. 9106 216.8 13-11-0 390 9496 2,600
12James Miller, Scottsdale, Ariz. 9170 218.3 10-13-1 315 9485 2,400
13Leroy Bornhop, St. Charles, Mo. 9106 216.8 12-11-1 375 9481 2,200
14Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla. 8989 214.0 12-12-0 360 9349 2,100
15Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio 8943 212.9 13-11-0 390 9333 2,000
16David Ozio, Vidor, Texas 8909 212.1 14-10-0 420 9329 1,900
17Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla. 8964 213.4 12-12-0 360 9324 1,800
18Dave Arnold, Campbell, Calif. 8958 213.3 12-12-0 360 9318 1,700
19Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. 8955 213.2 11-13-0 330 9285 1,600
20Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y. 9057 215.6 7-17-0 210 9267 1,500
21Ron Williams, Cahokia, III. 8907 212.1 9-15-0 270 9177 1,400
22Philip Ringener, Big Spring, Texas 8848 210.7 10-14-0 300 9148 1,350
23Ron Palombi Jr., Erie, Pa. 8860 211.0 9-15-0 270 9130 1,300
24Chuck Mogavero, Sun Lakes, Ariz. 8675 206.5 10-14-0 300 8975 1,250

OTHER CASHERS

Pos.Name, City/StateAmount
25Dave Soutar, Leawood, Kan.$1,050
*26Jim Stamm, Reading, Pa.1,135
27Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, U.S.A.990
28Jon O'Drobinak, Hammond, Ind.970
29Rudy Kasimakis, Long Island, N.Y.960
30Jim Tilton, Huntington Beach, Calif.950
31Tony Moore, Corbin, Ky.940
32George Branham III, San Diego, Calif.930
33Mike Taylor, Carlsbad, Calif.920
34Mark Baker, Garden Grove, Calif.900
 Art Trask, Fresno, Calif.900
 Pete Weber, Florissant, Mo.900
37Purvis Granger, Lafayette, La.880
38Guppy Troup, Edmond, Okla.870
39Bob Handley, Pompano Beach, Fla.860
40Ricky Corona, Diamond Bar, Calif.850
41Ron Bell, Akron, Ohio835
 Jimmy Certain, Huntsville, Ala.835
43Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas815
 Steve Wunderlich, St. Louis815
45Tony Westlake, Edmond, Okla..800
46Norm Duke, Fort Worth, Texas790
47Parker Bohn Ill, Freehold, N.J.775
 Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J.775
49Michael Byers, Akron, Ohio760
50Mark Roth, Spring Lake Hts., N.J.750
51Jim Murtishaw, Vista, Calif.740
52Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla.730
53Scott Devers, Centerville, Ind.720

* - Match play alternate. 18-game qualifying leader - Rey Perez, 4118. 24th place - Ron Williams, 3822. 53rd place Scott Devers, 3729. PRO-AM CASHERS - Ernie Schlegel, Art Trask, Marshall Holman, Steve Cook, Pete McCordic and Mats Karlsson ($50 each).